Changing Lives in Upstate New York

“They teach me how to live.”

Joyce, 55, who struggled with addiction for 35 years, joined Cardinal Dolan, dignitaries and staff to honor the recently expanded Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan.

Catholic Charities of Orange County's growth into Sullivan County began over a year ago when it was selected to take over and turn around the services of a full-spectrum chemical dependency program that helped Ms. Bailey rebuild her life.

“It’s an honor that they teach me how to live today,” she said after Cardinal Dolan blessed the agency’s new location on Hamilton Ave. in Monticello.

There, in the poorest county in New York State, two out of every three residents – including parents, the elderly and children – qualifies for public assistance. 

 “While Sullivan County is an area of great scenic beauty, it is also one of the most impoverished counties in New York State and with that comes related issues, including addiction, hunger and homelessness,” said Sullivan County Division of Health and Family Services Commissioner Joseph Todora who attended the ceremony.  “Catholic Charities is a great community partner and shares our commitment to helping Sullivan County residents enjoy healthier lives.”